Climatic Change

, Volume 96, Issue 4, pp 467–472 | Cite as

The global warming potential—the need for an interdisciplinary retrial

An editorial comment
  • Keith P. Shine


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MeteorologyUniversity of ReadingReadingUK

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